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Stivinson Mena lost his left leg, one finger and suffered genital injuries when he stepped on a land mine in Colombia

Genital amputation, the silent wound of Colombia’s decades-old conflict


Many soldiers in Colombia’s 53-year-long war have sustained wounds to their sexual organs. Here are the stories of a few remarkable men who’ve undergone surgery and rehabilitation to get on with their lives.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrive for a statement prior to a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, November 18, 2016.

Brexit looms for more than 100,000 Brits living in Germany

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The secret library in Syria

The search for Syria’s secret library


Going hungry in Venezuela

The so-called Islamic State defacing the defacing the Lamassu in Nineveh in 2015

Welcome to the Museum of Lost Objects: Remembering the Winged Bull of Nineveh

Saranjit Kandola (right) runs a matchmaking service for Sikhs, which also offers background checks.

Britain’s arranged marriage detectives use ‘honeytraps’ to check their targets


A growing number of British Asian families are hiring detectives to check on potential spouses. But does “honeytrapping” cross the line?

African Renaissance Monument - From Above

North Korea’s biggest export? Giant statues. To African dictators.


“These statues look like they’re made to be toppled,” says historian Adrian Tinniswood. “They’re statements of liberation but they represent a failure of confidence — where are the African designers and African sculptors who’d be better representing African consciousness?”

The gold plated pistol soon after it was seized by anti-Gadaffi rebels near Sirte

My search for Gaddafi’s golden gun


When Libyan rebels celebrated the death of Muammar Gaddafi, the colonel’s gold-plated pistol was held up as a symbol of their victory — I watched as they passed it among themselves. Four years on, I’ve been back to Libya to find the man with the golden gun.

Up to 40% of the population is thought to have type 2 diabetes and life expectancy is falling.

In world’s most obese nation, are mutton flaps to blame?


Up to 40 percent of those on the Pacific island of Tonga is thought to have type 2 diabetes and life expectancy is falling. What do sheep have to do with it?

The Catturandi

The secret lives of the Mafia hunters


The Mafia has been part of Sicilian life for generations, and so has the battle by police to arrest its leaders. The elite unit that goes after them is called the Catturandi — from the word meaning “to catch” — one of its officers described the shadowy world in which he works, and how he kept his job hidden from his girlfriend until she recognized his bottom on TV.